When I’m deciding what to write about each week, I always wrack my brains to come up with something that, if read by future Tufts students, would show them a side of Tufts you don’t get through campus tours or admissions. This week however, I want to discuss something more real. I’m not saying this blog won’t give the same insight to future Tufts undergrads, but it may do so in different ways. I want to discuss something that exists on this campus, but is much less concrete than the classes offered or the activities available. I’m going to talk about something that is harder to define, harder to actually articulate: the Tufts community.
By “the Tufts community,” I mean the people who make Tufts, Tufts. I’m talking about the people who walk around this campus every day: that girl you see around campus but whose name you don’t know, the guy sitting across the dining hall from you (and yes, I’m talking about you).
Someone I met last week told me that one of the first things that the admissions office looks for in candidates isn’t SAT scores or extracurricular activities or even good grades, but compassion. I don’t know whether that is actually true, but if so, I can definitely see its effects here on campus. What implication does this have on the student body? Well, it means that Tufts is an incredible place, and it’s the people here who really make it that way.
Why does it matter so much that the people at Tufts are nice? Well, let me lay it out for you: if you’re reading this, you’re probably going to be on Tufts campus for anywhere between one and three more years. You’re going to be interacting with these wonderful people and learning from them, and then you’ll go out into the “real world.” I suggest we try something: when we leave Tufts, let’s attempt not to change. I don’t mean to continue acting like college students and play beer pong, but let’s try to make the world a little bit more like Tufts. Let’s make the world a bit of a better place.
In a world where all anybody seems to care about is “creating value for shareholders” or asking, “Where did you holiday last year?” or even, “How much do you make?” Let’s try to change that. Instead, let’s ask people, “Where are you from?” or, “What are you passionate about?” or even, “What makes you happy?” Hopefully, little by little, we, as the Tufts community and eventual alumni, will be able to make our own mark on the world.